Bengt-Arne Wallin: Vallåt/Folklig Visa Från Karleby-Nejden/ Uti Vår Hage
Vallåt/Folklig Visa Från Karleby-Nejden/Uti Vår Hage (Tune Sung While Tending Cattle/Rural Song from the District of Karleby, Swedish Finland/In Our Pasture)
Bengt-Arne Wallin (flugelhorn, trumpet)
The Birth and Rebirth of Swedish Folk Jazz (ACT Music)
Margit Teimar (vocals), Rune Gustafsson (guitar); 29-piece big band including string quartet, harp, additional percussion.
Recorded: Stockholm, Sweden, June 5 or 18, 1962
Rating: 87/100 (learn more)
Bengt-Arne Wallin led the surge in the 1960s Swedish jazz scene by putting together an album of folk song material arranged for jazz ensemble. The types of songs here are regional melodies, and lie deep in the roots of the pastoral settings of Scandinavian country life. Beginning with a tune meant to be sung when tending cattle, the music may have taken a turn away from anything coming out of the bop dens of New York, but Wallin and company show plenty of sophistication and swing hard on this 3-part suite. Thanks to an all-star team of Swedish and American jazz greats who came together in 1962 for this intrepid project, a new trend gained momentum, and Wallin joined the ranks of such other experimental Swedish jazzmen as pianist Jan Johansson and baritone saxophonist Lars Gullin in their search for a Nordic accent in jazz.
Reviewer: David Tenenholtz